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CorporateJapanJanuary 28, 2008

Honda Sets All-Time Calendar Year Production Record for Regions Outside Japan and Worldwide Production


TOKYO, Japan, January 28, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced a summary of automobile production, Japan domestic sales, and export results for the calendar year 2007 as well as for the month of December 2007.

<Production>
Calendar Year of 2007
Due to a decrease in production for the domestic market, production in Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the first time in four years (since 2003).

Due primarily to increased production in North America, Europe, and Asia, production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 11th consecutive year (since 1997).

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year increase for the 11th consecutive year (since 1997).

Honda set an all-time record for calendar year production in regions outside of Japan and worldwide production as well as production in North America, Europe, Asia and China.

December 2007
Due to a decrease in production for the domestic market, production in Japan experienced a year-on-year decrease for the fourth consecutive month (since September 2007).

Production in regions outside of Japan experienced a year-on-year increase for the 29th consecutive month (since August 2005).

Worldwide production also experienced a year-on-year increase for the 29th consecutive month (since August 2005).

Honda set an all-time record for the month of December for production in regions outside of Japan and worldwide production as well as production in Europe, Asia and China.

<Japan Domestic Market Sales>
Calendar Year of 2007
Total domestic sales in calendar year 2007 experienced a year-on-year decline for the third consecutive year (since 2005).

New vehicle registrations experienced a year-on-year decline for the third consecutive year (since 2005).

Sales of mini-vehicles experienced a year-on-year decline for the first time in two years (since 2005).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s third best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for calendar year 2007 with sales of 116,561 units. Stream had sales of 57,351 units.  

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s sixth best-selling car among mini-vehicles for calendar year 2007, with sales of 87,138 units.  Zest was the industry’s tenth best-selling mini-vehicle with sales of 47,044 units.

December 2007
Total domestic sales for the month of December 2007 experienced a year-on-year decline for the 12th consecutive month (since January 2007).

Due to strong sales of the all-new Fit, new vehicle registrations in December experienced a year-on-year increase for the second consecutive month (since November 2007).

Sales of mini-vehicles in December experienced a year-on-year decline for the tenth consecutive month (since March 2007).

<Vehicle registrations - excluding mini-vehicles>
Fit was the industry’s best-selling car among new vehicle registrations for the month of December 2007, with sales of 18,719 units.  StepWGN was the industry’s ninth best-selling car with sales of 4,030 units.  

<Mini-vehicles - under 660cc>
Life was the industry’s third best-selling car among mini-vehicles for the month of December 2007, with sales of 9,207 units.  Zest was the industry’s tenth best-selling mini-vehicle with sales of 3,117 units .

<Exports from Japan>
Calendar Year of 2007
Due mainly to an increase in exports to North America and Asia, total exports experienced a year-on-year increase for the fourth consecutive year (since 2004).

December 2007
Due mainly to an increase in exports to North America and Asia, total exports from Japan in December 2007 experienced a year-on-year increase for the sixth consecutive month (since July 2007).

PRODUCTION, SALES and EXPORTS (December 2007)

Worldwide Production
  Calendar Year 2007 December *Fiscal Year 2008
(Apr.-Dec.'07)
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.06
Units vs.07
  Japan
1,331,844
-0.1%
109,733
-5.7%
987,042
-1.6%
  Outside of Japan
2,579,969
+12.1%
189,091
+13.3%
1,949,670
+13.0%
Worldwide Total
3,911,813
+7.7%
298,824
+5.5%
2,936,712
+7.6%
*(April 2007~March 2008)


Production Outside of Japan
  Calendar Year 2007 December *Fiscal Year 2008
(Apr.-Dec.'07)
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.07
  North America
1,432,731
+3.4%
94,977
+0.9%
1,061,283
+3.8%
  (USA)
1,015,462
+4.2%
67,148
-0.6%
750,242
+4.8%
  Europe
237,783
+28.9%
16,445
+35.2%
179,787
+35.6%
  Asia
778,612
+22.5%
66,043
+23.8%
603,379
+21.6%
  (China)
463,998
+31.6%
43,388
+39.8%
364,754
+30.7%
  Others
130,843
+37.7%
11,626
+60.2%
105,221
+43.3%
Overseas Total
2,579,969
+12.1%
189,091
+13.3%
1,949,670
+13.3%
*(April 2007~March 2008)


Japan Domestic Market Sales
Vehicle type Calendar Year 2007 December *Fiscal Year 2008
(Apr.-Dec.'07)
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.07
  Registrations
398,012
-4.7%
36,809
6.7%
286,322
-3.4%
  Mini-Vehicles
223,872
-21.4%
19,347
-32.5%
162,029
-26.9%
Honda Brand Total
621,884
-11.4%
56,156
-11.1%
448,351
-13.4%
*(April 2007~March 2008)


Export from Japan
  Calendar Year 2007 December *Fiscal Year 2008
(Apr.-Dec.'07)
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.06
Units
vs.07
  North America
414,227
+17.5%
40,502
+21.6%
315,409
+17.9%
  (USA)
390,486
+21.7%
38,690
+22.0%
296,857
+21.5%
  Europe
118,602
-11.9%
7,459
-45.9%
83,522
-11.6%
  Asia
29,578
+54.8%
2,822
+73.2%
24,599
+73.0%
  Others
144,642
+19.0%
12,138
+0.8%
110,624
+15.0%
Total
707,049
+12.6%
62,921
+3.5%
534,154
+13.1%
*(April 2007~March 2008)


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